Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?”
With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils, the science – the research. As a former researcher myself, I understand the need for validation. You want proof from a third party. You want the essential oil research. So here it is, folks.
Before I begin, please note that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on this site. Though there is plenty of essential oil research, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. (Again, this seems somewhat backwards thinking, does it not?) Because essential oils are not evaluated by the FDA, they are not formally regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness.
With that said, here are some of the results of scientific studies on essential oils by ailment. The links to the studies are all highlighted in green.
Alopecia: Essential oil aromatherapy shows benefits for Alopecia.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Essential oil aromatherapy research shows strong potential for Alzheimer’s patients.
Bladder/Urinary Health: Ylang-Ylang essential oil.
Headaches/Migraines: Lavender essential oil.
Lice: Melaleuca essential oil.
Liver Health: Garlic essential oil.
Molluscum: Lavender essential oil.
Post Surgery Care: Lavender essential oil.
Salmonella/ E. Coli: Tarragon essential oil.
Seizures: Angelica essential oil.
Sleep Disorders/Disturbances: Valerian essential oil.
Sports Performance: Peppermint essential oil.
Tonsillectomy Pain: Lavender essential oil.
So, are you convinced yet that there is something to these essential oils? I sure hope so! If you have been interested in trying essential oils for yourself, or if you are curious how they may potentially help you and your family, I would be happy to help you get started with Young Living essential oils. If you have a particular ailment that you would like to address, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post or email me at Jessica@EatSleepBe.com with any questions.
If you have additional essential oil research that you would like me to add to this list, please share it in the comments below!